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L'histoire de l'Inra, entre science et politique

The history of INRA – science and politics


E. Valceschini, P. Cornu, O. Maeght-Bournay

Edition 2018

Set up during the food crisis in the aftermath of the Second World War, France's National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) was founded on the notion that public scientific research into the management of life in all its multifarious forms would be of major importance for rebuilding France’s position in the world. This book, based on original documentation and testimonies of the main protagonists, explores the 70 years of the institute’s life, focusing on the interactions between science and politics.


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La photosynthèse

La photosynthèse

Processus physiques, moléculaires et physiologiques


J. Morot-Gaudry, J. Farineau

Edition 2018

Phénomène complexe, la photosynthèse implique des mécanismes à la fois physiques et biochimiques. Ce livre présente les deux grandes phases du processus, lumineuse et métabolique. Un aperçu des échanges entre plantes et atmosphère permet également d’appréhender le rôle des facteurs de l’environnement sur l’activité photosynthétique. Cette nouvelle édition fait état des dernières avancées scientifiques dans le domaine.

Pédagogique, largement illustré et muni d’un index indispensable, cet ouvrage s’adresse aux étudiants des universités, candidats aux concours du Capes et de l’agrégation, enseignants en agronomie, pharmacie et biologie.


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Un défi pour la planète

A challenge for the planet

Discover how they’re already transforming our daily lives


P. Caron, J. Châtaigner

Edition 2017

“Transforming lives while preserving the planet” is the aim of the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), the global framework for action adopted by all UN member states in September 2015. A critical analysis of each of these objectives, their interactions as well as the contradictions inherent in them.


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Living territories to transform the world

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin the development of a territory? What does territorial management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does territorial organization offer for agricultural production, regulation of sectors, and services? How are territorial public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools can be used for territorial development? This book presents a wide range of studies illustrating how actors, scales and scopes of intervention interact in the development of rural spaces in countries of the Global South.


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Can man accept his limitations?

Can man accept his limitations?


G. Boeuf, J. Toussaint, B. Swynghedauw, S. Royal

Edition 2017

The effects of climate change are juxtaposed with the direct damage to the environment, for all living species. Are we going to be able to react in time? In the continuity of the work "Can man adapt to himself?", the most renowned French scientific experts give their opinions on our adaptation capacities and limitations in relation to current and future global changes. Among the main resistance factors, biological factors are considered in the same light as demographic, economic, social and psychological conditions. The positioning of the human species in its ecosystems is the question raised.


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Les sols et la vie souterraine

Soils and underground life

Major agro-ecological challenges


J. Briat, D. Job

Edition 2017

Soil composition, functioning and health are influenced by the physical and chemical properties of soils, interactions between plants, soil-dwelling micro-organisms and fauna. This work presents recent advances in this knowledge to support and encourage the development of agro-ecological practices.


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La dépendance alimentaire de l’Afrique du Nord et du Moyen-Orient à l’horizon 2050

Food dependency in North Africa and soon, the Middle East 2050


B. Schmitt, C. Le Mouël

Edition 2017

North Africa and the Middle East are marked by their growing dependency on agricultural imports. This dependency is said to rise globally and reach extreme levels, particularly under increased climate change. This publication examines the future of the agricultural and food systems in these regions circa 2050, using various scenarios arising out of demand for food supply.


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De l'œnologie à la viticulture

From winemaking to viticulture


A. Carbonneau , J. Escudier , P. Mauguin

Edition 2017

A richly illustrated book giving a complete overview of viticulture and wine: growing conditions of vines, wine components and microbiology, winemaking methods, processing and bottling of wine, the wine production sector in France, wine tasting and sensory analysis and other vine products. Special attention is paid to high-end products (Champagne, Cognac), wine and cooking, wine-producing countries, wine consumption around the world and in France and the health benefits of wine.


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Des territoires vivants pour transformer le monde

Living territories to transform the world


P. Caron, E. Valette, T. Wassenaar, G. d’Eeckenbrugge, V. Papazian

Edition 2017

What resources underpin local development? What does local management of resources mean? What specific characteristics and opportunities does local organisation offer for agricultural production, sector regulation and services? How are local public policies conceived and applied? What methods and tools are used for local development?

This book presents a whole range of studies illustrating how stakeholders, levels and areas of intervention and mechanisms interact in the development of rural areas in Southern countries.


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Agricultural and food processing

Agricultural and food processing

Between ecology and capitalism


B. Daviron, G. Allaire

Edition 2017

This work provides a synthesis of recent research on the evolution of agriculture and food in a capitalist system. It is based on approaches not well-known in France such as international political economy and ecological economy.

It studies agricultural processing in terms of ecology, history and geopolitics and traces specific aspects of agriculture and food in the 21st century. Lastly, it proposes theoretical approaches with a view to renewing the agricultural economy.


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